UWHEN SLCC Chapter 2018-2019 Board of Directors

Voting Board Members:

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Celia Duarte, President

My name is Celia Duarte, I am the Assistant Registrar for the Professional Development Student Record Management Office at Miller Campus. I recently joined the Utah Women in Higher Education (UWHEN) board, and was nominated to be an Event Coordinator. I have worked at Salt Lake Community College for seven years and have enjoyed working with a great group of people. I work with various departments within the college and have learned to appreciate how each department assists students differently and guides them in the right path so they can reach their educational goals. I attended my first UWHEN conference at Utah Valley University in 2014. At this conference, I realized that my voice is important and that I too could help empower other women. I enjoy networking with women from different Universities from around the state. This helps me learn new ideas of how they manage their work areas and have also found some great mentors along the way. I look forward to collaborating with other professional women within this organization and Higher Education. I’m excited about sharing and hearing new ideas with my colleagues.

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Karlie Christensen, President-Elect

Karlie Christensen is an Internal Auditor at Salt Lake Community College. Karlie is currently serving as a member of the Board of the SLCC chapter of Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN). Karlie has been with Salt Lake Community College for 2 years and brings with her over 7 years of internal audit experience. Karlie holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Economics from Utah State University. Karlie is excited for the opportunity to work with amazing women and create opportunities for women to gather and learn from each other.

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Maura Hahnenberger, Past-President

Maura Hahnenberger is an Assistant Professor in the Geosciences Department at Salt Lake Community College. At SLCC she teaches and advises in the Atmospheric Sciences and Geography programs in both face to face and online settings. Maura is the founder of the WaterGirls outreach program which provides middle school girls with field experiences conducting water science. She also serves on the boards of the Utah Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and the Earth Science Women's Network. Her research and teaching interests center around natural and human-caused environmental hazards including dust storms, air pollution, and hazardous weather. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Utah studying dust storms in the eastern Great Basin of Utah. Maura joined UWHEN to help foster professional development opportunities for women in higher education.

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Anjali Pai, Advisor and State Representative

Anjali Pai is the Director Staff Development at SLCC and the current Chair of the UWHEN State Board. Prior to joining SLCC, Anjali spent over ten years actively engaged in internationalization efforts at the University of Utah and Kaplan International. It was during this time that she developed a passion for creating strong leadership and mentoring programs emphasizing institutional collaboration and inclusion. Prior to moving to Salt Lake City, Anjali lived and worked overseas in Singapore and Sydney. Anjali has a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. She is actively engaged in the community with children by volunteering at The Sharing Place. Anjali serves as an advisor the UWHEN SLCC Chapter and she enthusiastically participates in all events so she can meet other engaged women in our campus community who are interested in advancing women’s leadership.

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Angie Napper, State Representative

Angie Napper is the Interim Director of SLCC Online & eLearning Services at Salt Lake Community College and an online part-time faculty member for Southern New Hampshire University. Additionally, Angie is currently serving as an Advisor for the SLCC chapter of Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN) and the Treasurer of the State Board. Angie has over twelve years of experience working in higher education at the university and college levels as an educational administrator, project manager, assessment and instructional designer, and teacher. She also has extensive experience in online and competency-based education. Angie holds a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Utah and a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis on Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. She also has a graduate certificate as a Higher Education Teaching Specialist from the University of Utah. Angie is passionate about creating a positive and supporting environment for women working in higher education where they can network, learn, and grow, both personally and professionally.

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Mary Jane Thompson, Secretary/Historian

Mary Jane (MJ) Thompson is a Project Manager in Facilities at Salt Lake Community College.; She serves as a non-voting member on the UWHEN – SLCC Chapter Board. MJ has been working at SLCC for over 17 years and enjoys working in higher education. She has a Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University. She has served on various boards and committees at SLCC. She is currently serving as the Treasurer for Rocky Mountain Region of APPA, Leadership in Educational Facilities. She is grateful to serve on the board of UWHEN. She cares deeply about being a part of serving and supporting other women in higher education.

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Emily Barnes, Marketing Manager

Emily Barnes has been the UWHEN SLCC Chapter’s Marketing Manager for three years. She works in the Curriculum and Articulation Office and with SLCC’s Faculty Governance Leadership and Committees. She coordinates the efforts in bringing a women’s self-defense program to SLCC and the community. From The Utah Systems of Higher Education, Emily has a Supervisory Certificate and Managers Certificate. Emily is the lead Curriculum Technician. She has been on the SLCC’s Staff Association-Redwood Campus Board for three years. She trained at the Administrative Assistant Learning Community events. Emily has been the lead emergency coordinator over 50 emergency coordinators, leading major incidents and trainings. As a single parent of two very young children, Emily earned her B.A. Degree from the University of Utah: Environment and Behavior. She is a first-generation graduate. She interned at KUTV and Utah KIDS Count. Emily has spoken before a State of Utah House of Representatives subcommittee. Governor Herbert awarded Emily: The Excellence for Innovation and Efficiency in Leadership Award. She is a graduate of the SLCC President’s Leadership Institute, speaking at her graduation. Emily volunteers at the American Red Cross-Communications: Social Media Team. Emily served as an Executive Board Member for the Festival of Trees-Primary Children’s Hospital and has been a volunteer for over ten years. She has a lifetime of leadership roles, of all ages, in the community and throughout the State. Emily is an aspiring authoress and has a SLCC Digication ePortfolio. Emily’s mantra: Support. Inspire. Empower.

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Julia Ellis, Event Coordinator

Julia Ellis is the Program Manager, Faculty Liaison, and Adjunct Faculty member for the Institute of Public Safety at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC).  She is the current President for the Utah Higher Education Staff Association (UHESA), Past President for the SLCC Staff Associate, and Board Member for the SLCC Chapter of the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN).  She began her employment with SLCC in March 2006 as a student preparing to graduate and transfer to Weber State University (WSU). She graduated in Spring 2008 with degrees in Sociology, Psychology, and Criminal Justice using the SLCC and WSU University Partnership program. In 2018 she graduate with high honors from the University of Utah with a Master’s in Public Administration.  Julia values and supports initiatives which strive to provide equity, promote diversity, and advancement for underrepresented and marginalized populations; she joins these efforts to better balance society and understands there is a lot of work to be done to correct these deeply rooted issues.  She is pleased to be part of a network that is not afraid to challenge the current norms to resolve issues and expand future opportunities for all who identify as female.

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Judy Calder, Event Coordinator

Administrative Assistant to the Dean, School of Applied Technology and Technical Specialties.
I have worked at Salt Lake Community College for 20 years. During that time, my office location has moved numerous times, enabling me to work on six different SLCC campuses and sites.
I am an Event Coordinator on the UWHEN Board, and a founding member of the UWHEN SLCC Chapter.
I have attended several UWHEN State Conferences and enjoyed them very much. The workshops and speakers have been very helpful and inspiring. I have always been interested in advancing the status of women, and I believe this organization provides wonderful opportunities to network with other women in higher education and advance careers.

Alison Arndt-Wild, Event Coordinator


Candice Williams Event Coordinator


Trina Polta, Event Coordinator


Michelle Cahoon, Treasurer